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Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity in the mix. #StirThePot #Resist #p2 #progressiveChristian #Exvangelical


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Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity in the mix. #StirThePot #Resist #p2 #progressiveChristian #Exvangelical





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108 - The Dry Depths of My Soul: Conversation with Allison K. Garcia

Christian novelist Allison K. Garcia joins Jaye for an engaging conversation about the book The Dry Depths of My Soul, the first installment in The Mosaic series. This is Allison's initial foray into the genre of Queer Christian fiction. This exciting, energetic discussion includes discussion of LGBTQ+ identity and Christianity, mental health, church clarity, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and much, much more. Order The Dry Depths of My Soul: Amazon: ...


107 - Broke the Bread, Spilled the Tea: Conversation with Mitchell Kesller

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes brief discussion of abuse and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. Author Mitchell Kesller joins Jaye for a meaningful conversation about his debut book, Broke the Bread, Spilled the Tea. Broke the Bread, Spilled the Tea seeks to bridge the gap between Christian faith and LGBTQ+ identity, making the case that there is much more to faith in Christ than what is often preached on Sunday mornings. This fascinating, in-depth discussion touches on the...


106 - From the Moon I Watched Her: Conversation with Emily English Medley

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of trauma, mental illness and sexual assault, including the sexual abuse of children. Listener discretion is advised. Novelist Emily English Medley joins Jaye for a conversation about her debut book, From the Moon I Watched Her. From the Moon I Watched Her is an engaging, raw coming-of-age tale about skeletons lurking under church pews, and the little girl who finds them. This heartfelt and open conversation touches on themes such as mental...


Bonus - Harder Core Urban Legends

In a public release of this bonus episode originally released on Patreon in November 2019, Jaye talks more urban legends by discussing a couple of processed food-related legends. Is McDonalds adding animal byproducts and other gross fillers to their hamburgers? Are popular meat substitutes such as Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger "indistinguishable" from dog food? Jaye also provides a bit of historical context for Americans' distrust of corporations involved in food processing, which...


105 - My Gay Church Days: Conversation with George Azar

Author and former evangelical pastor George Azar joins Jaye to discuss his new book, My Gay Church Days, his memoir about his life while in evangelical Christianity, where he eventually joined church leadership, while keeping secret his truth as a gay man. This real and candid conversation touches on themes such as belonging and the cost of acceptance, identity and intersectionality, purity culture, spiritual abuse, and more. Order My Gay Church Days: Website:...


104 - They Will Not Stop at Roe

In this episode of Potstirrer Podcast, Jaye reacts to the leaked draft US Supreme Court Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Written by Justice Samuel Alito, the draft majority opinion signals an overturning of the Roe v. Wade precedent regarding abortion, and would leave abortion rights up to the states. Jaye argues that Alito's reasoning in Dobbs for overturning Roe is particularly alarming, as the way Roe was decided is similar to that of several other civil rights...


Bonus - The Bill Clinton Impeachment Scandal in the Age of #MeToo

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains content discussing explicit sexuality, sexual assault and harassment, violence, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. In this public release of a Patreon bonus episode originally released in November 2018, Jaye goes back in time to tell the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, and the scandals that led up to it. Clinton - and many of his supporters - believe that he was unfairly targeted by congressional Republicans for a...


103 - Speaking Up About Religious Trauma: Conversation with Andrew Pledger

Activist, artist and podcaster Andrew Pledger joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to share his compelling story about growing up in Christian fundamentalism and his road to recovery from spiritual abuse. The conversation includes discussion of mental health, religious trauma and abuse, and the role of ultra conservative Christianity in inflicting and enabling trauma. How did a senior art project and an interview with former evangelical author Joshua Harris lead to Andrew's...


102 - Potstirrer SCOOPS!: National Deflection

In this episode, Jaye focuses on a particular argument politicians and pundits make when countries reckon with past and present incidents of national shame, which is that other countries also have shameful incidents in their histories. Jaye discusses why - although the thought experiment is intriguing - the argument itself is deflection which silences the marginalized. She contends that confronting historical and current realities, no matter how difficult or contentious, have individual and...


101 - Finding Paz: Conversation with Allison K. Garcia

Christian fiction author Allison K. Garcia returns to Potstirrer Podcast to discuss the final installment of the Buscando Home series, Finding Paz. Allison and Jaye's heartfelt discussion includes some of the themes in the novel, such as grief, separation from family, and familial connection on the journey the characters take to find peace. In addition, the conversation went in-depth regarding Allison's pending transition from writing Latino Christian fiction to authoring queer Christian...


100 - The Truth is Cancelled

In Episode 100, Jaye celebrates the milestone by taking on the topic of cancel culture. Cancel culture is praised by advocates and maligned by critics, but is often ill-defined. Jaye delves into the origin and types of cancel culture, including the deplatforming of celebrities, boycotting of companies, and shaming of private individuals, as responses to statements, policies or behaviors deemed offensive or problematic. In addition, Jaye calls attention to cancel culture through the...


99 - Undoing the Knots: Conversation with Maureen O'Connell, PhD

Christian ethicist, associate professor and author Maureen O'Connell, PhD joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to discuss her new book, Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness, a in-depth, historical and introspective examination of Philadelphia's Irish Catholic community. This rich and thought-provoking discussion touches on assimilation and whiteness, the rejection of black Americans in the quest to gain social acceptance, historical resistance...


98 - War on Christmas 2021

In the annual Potstirrer Podcast holiday special War on Christmas 2021, Jaye's husband Chuckles joins to discuss walking away from political conservatism and the Republican Party. Chuckles and Jaye discuss issues such as the Second Amendment, broken governance, and more. Twitter: @potstirrercast IG: @potstirrerpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/potstirrerpodcast/ Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Potstirrer Podcast merch store:...


97 - Voter Suppression Part 3: Undefeated

This multi-episode series is about efforts to suppress or limit the vote in certain communities across the United States in order to achieve specific outcomes. In Part 3, Jaye talks about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the voting rights timeline following the VRA being signed into law. Several methods of voter suppression, from gerrymandering to restrictive voter ID laws, criminal penalties for ballot collection, and more are discussed, as well as potential solutions. Jaye warns of the...


Bonus - The Pied Piper of R&B

CONTENT WARNING: The following episode includes discussion of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, including that of children. Listener discretion is advised. This public release of a bonus episode originally released on Patreon in April 2019 includes extra bonus segments from Jaye's conversation with her brother Ervin that were not included in Episode 49. This episode includes further reaction to the documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," why R. Kelly calls himself the "Pied Piper of...


96 - Potstirrer SCOOPS!: The Great Resignation

In this episode, Jaye discusses "The Great Resignation," the abnormally high number of American workers voluntarily walking away from work, which has been a constant trend since April 2021. Why are so many workers leaving their jobs or even careers? Jaye dispels the myth of the "lazy unemployed who don't want to work," and points out what most "quitters" are actually doing once they resign. In addition, Jaye talks about vaccine mandates instituted by the public and private sector, and...


95 - Potstirrer SCOOPS!: Illusion of Safety

Jaye announces a move to a Thursday fortnightly schedule, and introduces Potstirrer Scoops! - a shorter, commentary-based format that will be used for some episodes going forward. In the first episode of Potstirrer Scoops!, Jaye discusses the recent arrest of two Columbus, Ohio police officers on federal drug charges. Topics covered include the drug war, the opioid epidemic, medical racism, and police corruption. Related Series - America's Drug War:...


94 - Distinction Without a Difference

CONTENT WARNING: The following episode includes discussion of pregnancy termination, sexual assault, gun violence and domestic terrorism. Listener discretion is advised. Jaye gives her thoughts on the recently-implemented Texas law restricting abortion past six weeks gestation. The discussion includes maternal mortality, adoption, surveillance culture and more. How is the assault by Texas and other states on abortion rights related to the recent attacks on "critical race theory" and efforts...


93 - Christians Against Christianity: Conversation with Obery M. Hendricks Jr., Ph.D.

Theology professor, author, and African Methodist Episcopal elder Obery M. Hendricks Jr., Ph.D. joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to discuss his historically rich and theologically informative book Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith. This enriching conversation includes discussion of the racially conservative roots of right-wing evangelicalism and its effects on Black Americans, the ways in which right-wing...